Our downtown Winter Wander-land in Stratford ON is making a dazzling return, and it will be better than ever! Prepare to be enchanted by all the cherished comforts, from the twinkling carousel to s’more roasting at the cozy firepits, the blacksmith’s craft demos, Christmas carollers filling the streets with song, and the much-anticipated RETURN OF SANTA himself! 🎅✨
Saturday and Sunday, November 25th & 26th AND December 2nd & 3rd, from 11am-5pm
Some highlights of the season
❄️ Magical Carousel ❄️
❄️ Authentic Blacksmith Demonstration (Nov 25/26) ❄️
❄️ SANTA IS BACK! (Dec 2/3 | Noon-3:30pm) ❄️
❄️ Strolling Carollers (Dec 2/3 | Noon-3pm/1:30-4:30) ❄️
❄️ Marshmallow Roasting/S’mores at the Firepits ❄️
❄️ Holiday 40-person Choir Contingent Nov 25 | 11am ❄️
❄️ Winter Wander-land Shop & Dine Guide ❄️
Ride the magical CAROUSEL
**Sponsored by Dunphy Burdett Lawyers LLP**
We are thrilled our carousel is returning for another season. A dazzling highlight of the season. Join Carrie as she leads her team of lit-up horses round and round to enchanting holiday music. We’re delighted to have it, once again, run over both Winter Wander-land weekends, all day. And it’s FREE!
Delicious S’mores at the FIREPITS
**Sponsored by Orr Insurance**
Our two toasty firepit areas are back. Get cozy around them and roast marshmallows to make s’mores. Supervised by adult volunteers, come warm up our fingers and toes while they walk away with the tastiest of treats to fuel their carousel riding. (Pick up your S’more Kits at the Winter Wander-land Hut.
Authentic BLACKSMITH Demonstrations
**Sponsored by MacLeod’s Scottish Shop**
Our artisan Blacksmith, John Walker of Fallen Willow Forge, will be back to captivate the masses for the first Winter Wander-land weekend – all day November 25 & 26. John always draws a crowd with his fascinating craft. Prepare to be mesmerized.
Strolling Holiday CAROLLERS
**Sponsored by Alexandra J. Bignucolo Professional Corporation**
We’re delighted to welcome the Victorian Christmas Carollers. Bringing their musical magic to the streets of downtown… gracing us with their enchanting melodies on the second weekend of our Winter Wander-land – December 2 & 3 from noon to 3pm on Saturday and 1:30-3:30pm on Sunday. Prepare to listen or sing along to some of the most cherished holiday classics as they weave through downtown.
SING for the Joy of it CHOIR
We’re launching our two weekends with music and holiday songs. A 40-person contingent of the local Sing For The Joy Of It Choir will kick off our Winter Wander-land this year! Join us on the first day, Saturday, November 25th at 11am!
Be ready to be Merry as you listen to holiday favourites!
SANTA is coming to town
**Sponsored by Sutton Group**
Santa is coming. Santa is coming. Santa is setting up shop on his reindeer sleigh – to welcome all the kiddos on the second Winter Wander-land weekend – December 2 & 3 from noon to 3:30pm. Get your cameras ready as your children (or pets) let Santa know if they’ve been naughty or nice – and what they’re wishing for this year.
Visit Santa and take your photos (it’s free) in Market Square before he joins the Santa Claus Parade of Lights from 5-7pm.
Bring your Letters to Santa addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada and his elves will make sure they get delivered to the North Pole for Santa to read when he gets home.
Shop, Dine & WIN with our GUIDE
**Sponsored by The Starlight & Rheo Thompson Candies**
Win Downtown Dollars!
One of the MOST EXCITING FEATURES of this year is our Winter Wanter-land Guide – which starts November 13th and runs until December 22nd. This features a whopping 95 downtown businesses that offer a validation sticker when you shop or dine. Collect 8 stickers and enter to win one of 3 Downtown Dollar prizes! WOW!!!! You must purchase something from each location, but there is no minimum cost.
A fun adventure through our downtown shops and restaurants. Guide List of Participants HERE!
The Downtown Stratford BIA would like to thank all sponsors of this year’s downtown Winter Wander-land in Stratford ON – we are truly grateful for your support! Please see our sponsors below.